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St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into St. B's chalice.

Pours dark brown and murky. Minimal head that just forms a ring around the circumference of the glass.

Nose has candied raisins, Belgian yeast, sweet malts.

Taste is dry with some beautiful spiciness and wonderful Belgian yeast flavors. Carbonation is spot on adding to the dryness. Incredibly smooth.

A quintessential Belgian dubbel in my opinion and one that all dubbels should be rated against. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sourdough and earthy yeast. The color of watered down coffee with a nice finger of tan head. Some of that breadiness comes back again in the palate, a bit dry and crisp with a medium body and some spicy alcohol. Definitely let it warm.

A nice dubbel, a little too brut for my taste but still a worthwhile visit.

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Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Durtdiggler
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown into a Belgian beer glass with big frothy head, minimal lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt figs,raisins Belgian yeast stirs my senses. Not syrupy with plenty of ever essence and carbonation. Can smell that Belgian candied sugar.

Huge malt taste, smooth and creamy mouth feel, aftertaste of malt with hint of slight hint of hops.

Wonderful example of Belgian dubbel without the ass kicking ABV. If you have a taste for something Belgian on a lower scale, grab one of these. Getting more for those occasions.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DCon
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 33cl bottle from the International Tap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $6. Poured from the orange labeled bottle & St. Bernardus Monk on the front into a 16oz iTap Pint Glass. Has a best before date of 06 01 16 on the back of the glass.

Aroma- Tons of honey and a bit of spice in his one. Has a strong noble hop aroma also but not quite the normal Dubbel aroma...

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has an average retention time. Has a dark copper body that has good depth. Leaves small sudsy lacing but sticks well.

Flavor- Very strong maltiness at the beginning and then very sweet with only a touch of honey. Very light hops and the bitterness level is as low as it can go, 1/10. More complexity could be better in this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then just sweetness and palate lingering after the drink.

Overall Impression- I'm a huge fan of all other St. Bernardus brews, but this one falls short for me. Should have more body, carbonation, complexity, richness, and many more attributes. Nonetheless, enjoyed but would push you to get an Abt 12 or Pater 6 before this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

I don't think I can count how many times I've seen this beer around, but I never got around to trying it, always opting for it's bigger brother 12, if I'm in the mood for a St. Bernardus. Clear, chestnut brown color with a frothy off-white head that retained and laced well. Aroma of sweet malts and sugars, with notes of dried fruits. Taste was pretty much what I'd expect from a dubbel: candi sugar and caramel, lightly toasted bread, tones of dried plums and raisins, and a touch of vanilla. A bit of noticeable booze. Medium mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of MsRif
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a dark brown color with a decent white head that retained well. Beautiful lacing! Had an aroma of dark fruits, yeast and sweet malts. Yep, definitely a Belgian. Tasted of dark fruits (plums, cherries, figs), yeast and brown sugar. Not very complex, but well-balanced and enjoyable.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smooth with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall, a good brew that was a good representation of the style. Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,463 ratings
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